<ul><li>Micro-robotics is the field of miniature robotics, in particular mobile robots about the size of less than 1 mm. </li></ul><ul><li>The earliest research and conceptual design of such small robots was conducted in the early 1970s in (then) classified research for U.S. intelligence agencies. </li></ul>Wow, I thought I was small
<ul><li>Applications envisioned at that time included prisoner of war rescue assistance and electronic intercept missions. </li></ul>NO! I BEAT U!!! I BEAT U!!!!
<ul><li>The underlying miniaturization support technologies were not fully developed at that time, so that progress in prototype development was not immediately forthcoming </li></ul>We to big! Bugger…………………
<ul><li>The concept of building very small robots, and benefiting from recent advances in Micro Electro Mechanical Systems (MEMS) was publicly introduced in the seminal paper: Anita M. Flynn, “Gnat Robots (and How They Will Change Robotics)" Proceedings of the IEEE Micro Robots and Teleoperators Workshop, Hyannis, MA, November 1987. </li></ul>I BEAT U!!!! Blah blah blah micro electro mecha….blah blah blah seminal paper….. blah blah blah
<ul><li>Due to their small size, microbots are potentially very cheap, and could be used in large numbers to explore environments which are too small or too dangerous for people or larger robots. It is expected that microbots will be useful in applications such as looking for survivors in collapsed buildings after an earthquake, or crawling through the digestive tract. What microbots lack in brawn or computational power, they can make up for by using large numbers, as in swarms of microbots. </li></ul>AAHH DON’T HURT ME TINY ROBOTS!!!!
<ul><li>Microbots were born thanks to the appearance of the microcontroller in the last decade of the 20th century, and the appearance of miniature mechanical systems on silicon (MEMS), although many microbots do not use silicon for mechanical components other than sensors. </li></ul>U CANT CONTROL ME!!!
<ul><li>One of the major challenges in developing a microrobot is to achieve motion using a very limited power supply. The microrobots can use a small lightweight battery source like a coin cell or can scavenge power from the surrounding in the form of vibration or light energy. </li></ul>
Nowadays, owing chiefly to wireless connections, like Wi-Fi (i.e. in domotic networks) the microbot's communication capacity has risen, so it can coordinate with other microbots to carry out more complex tasks. HEEELLLLLOOOO!.........................................................................................